Oatmeal with Topping Bar

Oatmeal is a cheap and easy meal that you can make at home. You only need a few ingredients and a couple of minutes to make a delicious, filling meal that won’t cost you a lot of money. While plain oatmeal tastes good, sometimes it’s fun to change things up a bit. The following recipe allows you to make oatmeal and have a topping bar to go along with it. This is the perfect recipe for those times when you want to have a fun, family meal or are have people over for breakfast.

Ingredients You Will Need For The Oatmeal:

- 1 cup oatmeal
– 1/3 cup milk
– Pinch of salt
– 2 1/3 cups water

Optional Oatmeal Toppings:

- 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped into small cubes
– 1 teaspoon maple syrup (organic)
– 1 banana, sliced into pieces
– 1 teaspoon honey
– 2 tablespoons of dried fruit such as blueberries
– 1/4 cup granola (organic)

Procedure:

Place the water, oatmeal and salt into a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil. This should only take about 5-10 minutes. Make sure that you stir the ingredients every couple of minutes. Stir in the milk. Continue to cook the oatmeal until it is of the consistency that you or your family likes. A general rule of thumb is that the thicker you want your oatmeal the longer it will have to cook. Just don’t forget to stir it or it will stick to the pot. Once it is completely cooked place it in bowls. The oatmeal is now ready for you and your guests to put the toppings on it.

Tips:

-Serve the oatmeal immediately after it is done cooking in order to keep it from become cold and hard.

- If you plan on topping your oatmeal with honey, it’s a good idea to put it on first and stir it around so that it gets evenly distributed throughout your oatmeal.

-While the oatmeal is cooking prepare and place all of the toppings in it’s own bowl with a spoon so that guests can easily access them and sprinkle them over their oatmeal.

- Consider trying dried fruit on your oatmeal that you don’t usually have. Dried apricots and pineapples aren’t a common fruit that is put on oatmeal, but they both provide a unique flavor to the dish.

-Don’t overcook your oatmeal. You may be tempted to walk away from the stove to set-up everything needed for the breakfast, but doing so can be disastrous. Oatmeal can become overcooked fairly easily, which can cause a sticky mess that has to be cleaned up. Stay by the stove to stir the oatmeal often and if you see that it is cooking too rapidly, turn down the heat a little bit.

-Don’t be afraid to experiment with toppings. Almost anything that is sweet will taste good on oatmeal. Even if you are fairly shy about trying new foods you can always just sprinkle on a little brown sugar and some raisins.

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